Ford Hybrid Owners Ignite Engine-Shutdown Suit

Law360, New York (July 1, 2013, 7:40 PM EDT) -- Two of Ford Motor Co.’s pioneering hybrid sedans can shut down completely and with little warning at highway speeds because of a weakness in their engine-cooling systems, a customer alleged Friday in a proposed class action brought in California court.

The suit stems from defects allegedly present in the 2005 through 2008 models of the Ford Escape Hybrid and 2006 through 2008 models of its Mercury Mariner twin, which were the first hybrid crossovers released by an American car manufacturer, according to the complaint.

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